Tax-Aide volunteers will provide free income tax assistance at the Winter Park Library, 460 E. New England Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, through April 14. Visit AARP.org/Taxaide or call 1-800-227-7669.
To celebrate its new $5 million wing, the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will offer free admission through March 20.
The 49th annual Morning Star School Auxiliary fashion show, luncheon and silent auction is 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando at Bonnet Creek. The fashions will be provided by the Stars on the Avenue, featuring Winter Park’s finest retailers. All of the proceeds benefit the special needs school. Call 321-296-7656.
“Digging It – Begonias” is from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, March 10 at the Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive. The speaker will be Dale Sena of the American Begonia Society of Tampa. Cost is $15. Contact 407-644-5770.
Container gardening classes are Thursday, March 10 from 10-11:30 a.m. Polasek’s landscape curator, Randy Knight, is back by popular demand. Class and materials fee is $23 for members and $25 for non-members. Register at [email protected] or 407-647-6294.
On Thursday, March 10, the Central Florida Anthropological Society meeting will feature Clete Rooney, who is an archaeologist completing his PhD at the University of Florida, at Leu Gardens on 1920 N. Forest Ave., from 7-8:30 p.m. Contact 321-948-3994.
Opera Appreciation Night is at 7 p.m. March 10 at the University Club of Winter Park. Join them for the Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” as performed by the world famous D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. Call 407-644-6149 or visit http://www.universityclubwinterpark.org/
The Winter Park High School drama department presents William Shakespeare’s classic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for four performances only, March 10-12, at Ann Derflinger Auditorium located on the WPHS campus, 2100 Summerfield Road. Tickets for the Thursday evening, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday matinee, 2 p.m. performances are $7, with student discounts available for $5, with ID. Seniors are free on Saturday. Contact [email protected]
On Saturday, March 12, Virginia Heights neighborhood is having a yard sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. One of Winter Park's oldest and most eclectic neighborhoods, Virginia Heights is located behind the Ninth Grade Center and is bordered on the west by Pennsylvania Avenue and on the east by Lake Virginia. There will be a great variety of items for sale including antique English silverware, wrought iron furniture, jewelry, ceramics and linens.
On Saturday, March 12, from 9-11:30 a.m., one of America’s top Japanese gardeners, Mr. Shoji Kanaoka, will teach a hands-on demonstration class, “Master the Art of Japanese Gardening,” at the Winter Park Welcome Center located at 151 W. Lyman Ave. Please make your reservations by calling 407-599-3397.
The Winter Park Florida Blue center in the Winter Park Village hosts its monthly Health Fair on Saturday, March 12. They offer free health screenings and more. Visit www.floridablue.com
The Orlando/Winter Park Branch of the American Association of University Women will host the Annual Spring Literary Luncheon featuring former Congresswoman Pat Schroeder at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12 at the University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave. It costs $35. To make a reservation, call 407 637-6857.
Internationally renowned Irish chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland and award-winning pianist Barry Douglas with soprano Celine Byrne will perform on Sunday, March 13 at 4 p.m. at Tiedtke Concert Hall, Rollins College,1000 Holt Ave. Tickets are $30-40. Call 407-646-2182 or visit www.BachFestivalFlorida.org
Harriett Lake’s CANCAN will be held on Sunday, March 13, at Maison & Jardin in Altamonte Springs from 5-7 p.m. to benefit Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando. Tickets are $100. To learn more about sponsorships, purchasing tickets or serving on the committee, visit www.jfsorlando.org
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra annual outdoor Spring Pops concert is Sunday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Central Park. Winter Park resident Kenneth Murrah will be honored for his dedication to the orchestra. Call 407-896-6700.
At 1 p.m. March 14, business and community leaders will help Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida kick off the “Building Solutions to Hunger” capital campaign, a large-scale fundraising effort that will help build a new $15 million, 100,000-square-foot headquarters. To learn more, visit www.showmercynow.org or call 407-843-5009.
The University Club of Winter Park, 841 N. Park Ave., offers ballroom dancing lessons at 7 p.m. every Monday. Contact 407-644-6149.
The Zumba Fitness class with Jenny at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market indoor facility is held Mondays at 7 p.m. A one-hour class costs $10 for drop-ins or $7 if you buy 10 at a time. E-mail [email protected]
“Unionism: Necessary or Harmful” debate is 7 p.m. March 14 at the University Club of Winter Park. Rollins College Debate Team students will debate whether unions are a necessary facet of employment or a harmful element that hurts productivity. It’s free. Call 407-644-6149 or visit www.universityclubwinterpark.org
“The Benefits of Native Plants in the American Garden” will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 15 at Winter Park Garden Club, 1300 S. Denning Drive, Winter Park. The speaker will be Kariena Veaudry, Executive Director of the Florida Native Plant Society. It’s free. Call 407-644-5770.
“Culture of the Dagbon Region of Ghana” is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 15 at the Rollins College Bush Executive Center. Kombat Fuzzy will give a lecture on African culture focusing on the Dagbon region of Ghana. For more information on this scholar, visit http://www.rollins.edu/wpi/scholars/Fuzzy.html
Join JFS on noon Wednesday, March 16 for a Women’s Forum addressing women’s personal safety. Officer Jamie Loomis from the Winter Park Police Department will speak at the 2100 Lee Road facility. The cost is $7 and includes a light lunch catered by Brio. RSVP by March 14 to [email protected] or 407-644-7593 extension 227.
Florida Hospital’s next distinguished lecture series is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. The topic is “The Battlefield – Good Medicine in Bad Places”. It will be held at Werner Auditorium at Florida Hospital Orlando, 601 E. Rollins St., Orlando. RSVP to 407-303-1700.
“Distinguished Florida Women”: find out about 10 women who influenced the history of Florida, from Mary McLeod Bethune to Ivey Stranahan, on Thursday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Winter Park Public Library Community Room.
Hannibal Square Wine Tasting & St. Patrick’s Day Street Party is Wednesday, March 17 from 5:30-8 p.m. on New England Avenue (between Virginia and Pennsylvania avenues). It will feature 40+ varieties of wine, hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants and live music by The Redcoats. Cost: $20 for members in advance ($25 at the door); $25 for non-members. For tickets, visit www.winterpark.org or call 407-644-8281.
Orange Audubon Society hosts “Pelagic Birds of Florida’s Atlantic East Coast by Michael Brothers” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 17. It’s free at Leu Gardens, 1920 N. Forest Ave., Orlando. Call 407-637-2525 or visit www.orangeaudubonfl.org
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Popcorn Flicks in Central Park, Park Avenue, features “Harvey” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. All attendees receive complimentary popcorn.
The Food for Thought Gala benefiting Glenridge Middle School is Friday, March 11. Music, silent auction and wine tasting start at 7 p.m. at the Orlando Science Center. Call 407-623-1415 extension 2328.
Maitland presents Movie in the Park at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, featuring “Shrek Forever After” at Quinn Strong Park.
Hot Fun in the Summertime Expo is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 12 at Orlando Fashion Square, East Colonial Drive at Maguire Blvd. The first 100 children will receive a free bike helmet and representatives will answer questions about bike safety. Also learn about summer camps. Visit www.orlandofashionsquare.com or 407-896-1132.
The Crealdé Family Festival is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12. There will be free fun, art, play and exploration on Crealdé School of Art’s campus. For more information, call 407-671-1886 or visit www.crealde.org
KidzArt: Art by kids, for kids, with kids, is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Maitland JCC campus. Enjoy a free family concert with Ronnie D., clay station, spectacular live art performance and portfolio creation. Visit orlandojcc.org
Go Eco Orlando is a one-day, free community event for families to learn about eco-friendly products, services and resources. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at the Fashion Square Mall. Contact 407-896-1132 or visit OrlandoFashionSquare.com
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra invites string music students to be part of a world premiere that is a tribute to former local music educator Jonathan May. Students chosen will perform with the Orlando Philharmonic on its concert, “Joshua Bell”, on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, 401 W. Livingston Street, Orlando. Download an application at www.OrlandoPhil.org/daniel-mays-world-premiere/
Join the JCC for a preschool open house from noon-2 p.m. Friday, April 8, at the Roth Jewish Community Center, 851 N. Maitland Ave. RSVP required at OpenHouse.JCCPreschool.com
An Ice Cream Social benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Florida is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 9, at the Winter Park Civic Center, 1050 W. Morse Blvd., for $7 in advance or $10 at the door. Visit rmhccf.org and click on “Calendar of Events” under “What’s Happening.”